Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology is aiming to play a main role in the European renewable electricity generation in a medium term, making a significant contribution to the transformation of the European energy system by providing an important share of dispatchable renewable electricity. CSP will give a significant contribution to help meet the energy needs of large parts of the world, creating a potentially very important export sector for the European industry and supporting the decarbonisation agenda of the Paris Agreement. The European industry is global leader in CSP, with European entities involved in most of the projects developed so far worldwide. 

CSP ERANET is the result of a joint EU will for bridging the gap between research and commercial deployment in the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology, so this technology can play a main role in the European renewable electricity generation in a medium term. H2020-SOCRATCES global objective is to develop a prototype that will reduce the core risks of scaling up the technology and solve challenges; further understanding and optimise the operating efficiencies that could be obtained; with the longer-term goal of enabling highly competitive and sustainable CSP plants. Both CSP ERANET and H2020-SOCRATCES join forces in the CSP TECHNOLOGY DAY (21 October, 9:00-13:30 CEST), as part of the EUSEW 2021 Sustainable Energy Days, to present the achievements and further challenges of CSP, and present upcoming funding opportunities on the sector to keep feeding the development of this promising sustainable technology.

The Agenda for the CSP TECHNOLOGY DAY is the following:

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Presentation of Participants

09:15 – 10:00 Role and targets of CSP technology
1. European policy objectives of the CSP technology, by Piero De Bonis (DG RTD, Clean Energy Transition)
2. The current European perspective of CSP, by Marcel Bial (Secretary general, ESTELA)

10:00-10:15 COFFEE BREAK

10:15 – 11:30 Round table: SOCRATCES & Challenges of CSP 
General overview of the CSP technology and H2020 SOCRATCES project, followed by 3 main expert blocks (15 minutes each):
1. Challenges to increase performance and reduce costs in CSP and solar technologies
2. New materials challenges
3. Energy storage challenges

11:30-11:40 BREAK

11:40 - 12:30 Funding opportunities of the CSP Technology

1. Introduction to Horizon Europe CSP related topics, by Cristina Garrido (CDTI, NCP CLV Energy Spain)

2. CSP ERANET Additional Call Promotion

Presentation of the call: scope and topics, participating countries, funding eligibility criteria and national requirements. Successful experiences session with CSP 1st call funded project coordinators.

12:30 – 13:15 CSP Brokerage Event (CSP topics in HE, CETP & CSP ERANET)

 Participants are encouraged to express their interest in upcoming CSP (HE and/or CSP ERANET) topics, present their project ideas and search for partners.

13:15 – 13:30 Next Steps and Conclusions

For more information visit the CSP TECHNOLOGY DAY on EUSEW 2021 website. Register here for the general session and, if interested in the upcoming CSP (HE and/or CSP ERANET) topics oand/or in presenting aproject ideas and search for partners, please register for the brokerage event here.